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Huddart Park

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 12, 2014
Location: Woodside, CA
Event Directors: Tom Cronin - 650.368.9206, - 650.867.5476
Course Setter: Kent Ohlund
Type: B; Classic event in a beautiful redwood forest, with courses for beginners through advanced

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

BAOC returns to the dramatic redwood forests of Huddart Park on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains above Woodside. We will offer all seven standard courses, so there will be something for everyone from beginners to advanced orienteers. The usual event schedule and fees will be in effect, and electronic punching will be used.

Huddart is a steep park. Beginner courses will be entirely on trails, but they can be steep. The advanced courses will go cross country​—​up, down, and across steep slopes.

We will be based at the Werder Shelter. Parking, registration, the Start and Finish, picnic tables, restrooms, and a kids' playground are all nearby.

Huddart is popular with equestrians, and it is mandatory that all runners yield the right of way to horses. If you encounter people on horseback, you must stand by the side of the trail and let them go by. If you are about to emerge from the woods onto a trail, look and listen for horses first, and wait if they are nearby.

There are likely to be hikers and other group events in the area. Please be considerate of them, too.

Please note that no dogs are allowed in the park.

What is Orienteering

An adventure! Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! Navigate to checkpoints in Huddart Park using a specially-produced map. Participants may enter individually or in teams of up to five people.


  9:00 AM – Registration opens
  9:30 AM – Beginner's clinic instruction (free)
11:59 AM – Registration closes
10:00 AM – Starts open
12:30 PM – Starts close
  2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins

Note that you can register and start on courses anytime between the open and close times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want).

Beginner's clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.

Please check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM even if you don't complete your course, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.

After you finish, enjoy free snacks and refreshments, and socialize with other participants!


Here are the preliminary details of the courses:

   Course     Length     Climb
   White      2.6 km     125 m   
   Yellow     2.7 km     125 m
   Orange     2.6 km     175 m
   Brown      2.6 km     175 m
   Green      3.9 km     260 m
   Red        4.7 km     310 m
   Blue       5.8 km     450 m

Beginners should be aware that the lengths shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be somewhat longer. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the "optimum route" (in the Course Setter's opinion), without regard for any descending.


If you're planning to attend this event, we could use some help:

Please contact if you would like to help. Thanks.

Driving Directions

From the Bayshore Freeway (US 101) or Interstate 280 on the Peninsula, go west on Highway 84 (Woodside Road). About a mile past 280, you will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Mountain Home, CaƱada Road, and Woodside Road (near Roberts Market). (Heed the 25 mph speed limit in Woodside!) Continue straight for 0.7 miles to Kings Mountain Road. Turn right (northwest) and follow Kings Mountain Road for 2.1 miles to the park entrance. Pay your fee at the entrance station and follow the park signs to the Werder Picnic Shelter. Park in any of the designated areas along the road.

There is a park entry fee of $6 per vehicle. If the entry kiosk is not staffed, you must use a self-service process nearby (which involves putting exact cash in an envelope).

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.